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Methodist Church: what's in the historical abuse report?

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A report into allegations of historical abuse within the Methodist Church has been published.

It covers physical and sexual abuses cases, dating back to the 1950s.

In the UK and Channel Islands, there was a total of nearly 2,000 reports of abuse. Seven of those cases were reported by people in the Channel Islands.

The report shows a large number of the cases concerned the abuse of children, and many were of a sexual nature:

34%
Of victims were under age 18
46%
Of victims were female
200
Cases of alleged abuse by Church Ministers
276
Cases of alleged abuse by Church lay employees
914
Cases of reported sexual abuse

The Church has said it wants to be open about the past, and to improve safeguarding procedures in the future.

It has also apologised for failing to protect children and adults.

On behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain I want to express an unreserved apology for the failure of its current and earlier processes fully to protect children, young people and adults from physical and sexual abuse inflicted by some ministers in Full Connexion and members of the Methodist Church."

– Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, general secretary of the Methodist Conference